About the course
Please note, applications for the MSc for 2018/19 are now closed, we are accepting applications for 2019/20. We are still accepting applications for 2018/19 for the MRes.
These Masters-level programmes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management have been created to address the important need for up-skilling employees in advanced, specialist topics in health, safety and environmental management. They are the only courses of their kind created with and endorsed by NEBOSH at Masters-level, and offer those already working in industry and holding a NEBOSH diploma or BSc the chance to enhance their skills and techniques. Studying these courses will help students identify and resolve real issues relating to them in their day-to-day roles - enhanced by the final dissertation, which is written on a research project from their own work.
The programmes are completely employer focused, using current employment to evidence achievement, and are studied part-time using e-learning modules to enable study anywhere in the UK - or overseas. There are three specific pathways that can be chosen; Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, or Environmental Management. Each pathway can be studied either as a taught-focused MSc or more research-focused MRes making it easier to tailor the course to individual needs and study-styles.
What you'll study
For MSc students the taught modules are taken in the first year and the first semester of the second year, using the University’s e-learning environment. You also supplement learning with your own background reading. Once these have been completed, the last six months of the course consist of the research dissertation.
For MRes students, after completing the modules covering research methodology, the programme is followed by a 12 month 120 credit research project on a workplace-based topic in health, safety and/or environmental management.
The online nature of the programme means access to a stable broadband internet connection is required for access to course materials, to communicate with University staff and undertake course assessments.
Research Methods (Music)
This module introduces the core skills for music research at postgraduate level. Preparing you for original projects across the MMus programme, it emphasises academic rigour and examines how to consult and reference source material.
Topics include the purpose of reviewing the literature in research, practicalities of carrying out a literature review and writing a literature review in a suitable format.
Designing Research Projects
Examine what's required in writing a research proposal. You'll explore how a research problem is formulated, constructing relevant hypotheses, evaluating alternative research methods for suitability and how to create a suitable research design.
Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
Topics covered include sustainability and sustainable development concepts, policy considerations of climate change; resource efficiency, measuring environmental sustainability (including ecological, carbon and water footprinting) and tools for SD evaluation.
Ecological Services and Environmental Economics
Examine the importance of biodiversity and relevant UN, EU and UK policies, ecological services, and the ecosystems services approach to planning and environmental management. You'll also explore the economics of climate change, including the Stern Report and economic instruments for gaining environmental outcomes.
Disaster and Emergency Management
Develop an understanding of the potential impact of a disaster on an organisation and methods of managing disasters and emergencies. You'll study historical development, definitions and institutions; law, guidance and sources of information; major incident investigation and public inquiries; and management of disasters and emergencies.
Safety Case Production and Assessment
Topics studied on this module include the purpose of the safety case, safety analysis techniques, safety case production and safety case structure.
Flood Risk Management
Explore the different types of flooding, the impact of flooding on people and property, and flood defences such as land use management and sustainable drainage systems, working with natural processes, channel works, banks, barriers, pumping stations and managed realignment of banks.
Mental Health at Work
Examine the characteristics and consequences of common types of mental ill-health within the workplace and their effects on an individual’s health and behaviour. You'll also cover employer obligations under health and safety and disability discrimination law / conventions, and the size of the mental health ‘problem’ within the working population.
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